Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sunday Stash | 002

It's Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying a restful day with lots of sewing and maybe some lemonade.

I had been doing so well at not fabric shopping for the past few weeks, and then this happened...

From left to right we have:
  • Woven Path - from Maureen Cracknell's Wild and Free collection 
  • Haystack Bouquet in Sunny & Going Up in Citron, both from Anna Maria Horner's True Colours
  • Aloe Vera in Butterscotch and Banner Days in Tomato From AMH's Pretty Potent line
  • Lightning in Blue from Doe, by  Carolyn Freidlander
I've got some exciting plans for these pretties.  I was totally smitten with how Woven Path worked up in my tiny improv log cabin quilt and I can't wait to recreate the effect in a full size quilt.  The AMH fabrics are destined for a feather quilt (I've been in love with her Feather pattern forever and I'm finally going to make one, using Anna Maria's fabrics of course, so I've got some collecting to do).  Finally, the Lightning fabric will be the backing for the Stripes Quilt I'm working on.  I struggled for weeks with selecting the backing, and waffled between several of the great new Cotton + Steel prints that have recently hit stores.  But when I came across this fabric I knew it was "the one".

All of these beauties were ordered from Mad About Patchwork - a lovely Canadian vendor with a beautiful selection and wonderful customer service.

I'm linking up with Sunday Stash, hosted by Molli Sparkles.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

#TBT | Grandma's Garden Quilt

Today's Throwback Thursday is an extra special one, and also an extra difficult one.  

When my Grandma moved into a nursing home a couple years ago, my sister and I teamed up to make her a quilt as a housewarming gift. We got together to shop for the fabrics, choosing prints with lots of bright colour and floral motifs. Grandma had always loved her garden so we wanted to make a quilt that would reflect her passion. 

Sarah and I each made ten 12" x 12" blocks using the fabrics we'd purchased, plus some coordinating stash bits thrown in for good measure. There's a healthy mix of traditional blocks and modern, improv-ish blocks. We arranged the blocks and pieced them together. My sister FMQ-ed an all over stipple and then I completed the quilting with some hand-stitched birds.  The finished size is about 48" x 60" - large enough to be snuggly without being too heavy or cumbersome. 

Between the flowers, the birds, the butterflies and the riot of vivid colour, this quilt reminds me of Grandma's garden, her love for nature and her vibrant personality. Grandma was thrilled with the gift and featured it prominently in her suite. 

Sadly, Grandma passed away on July 25th. She was a wonderful woman and I will miss her terribly. 

My aunts offered the quilt back to my sister and I, and since I'm Grandma's namesake, we thought it fitting that I keep the quilt. I'm so grateful for the gift and the small measure of comfort it's brought me over the past week. It's probably my imagination, but I'm convinced that it still smells like her. 

Sorry for the downer this week, guys. I promise more cheeriness next time. 

Jen at Quarter Inch from the Edge has started up a brand new Throwback Thursday linky party which I'll be joining. Please stop by and check out the projects, and while you're there why not link up a project from your archives too?

Happy Thursday,